We did an unboxing article a week ago and today we will do a small re-hash, but with better pictures of the cooler. The box is brand new, and inside we find a smaller box with accessories and a new CPU holder.
Accessories include a case badge, a Ryzen sticker, an Asetek mounting bracket, and a hex wrench tool to open and close the socket to recommended weights. The tool allows you to screw the socket shut with 13.3In-lb, 15Kg-cm, or 1.5Nm. There is also a warning about updating your motherboard BIOS to support 2nd generation CPUs.
The new CPUs sit in a much easier to open container. As a hardware reviewer, I really like this new holder since it makes it easier to store the CPU to be re-tested down the road. The CPU uses the same holder and guide as before, which makes installing the CPU super easy.
The cooler is rated up to 250W of dissipation, uses a copper base and heat pipes, and aluminum fins. It was co-developed by Coolermaster, and it's sold separately.
- CPU: AMD Ryzen ThreadRipper 2950X and 2990WX - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE X399 Aorus Extreme - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: AMD Wraith Ripper and Enermax Liqtech 360mm TR4 - Buy from Amazon
- Memory: G.Skill Flare 3200MHz 4x8GB - Buy from Amazon
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founder's Edition - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage - Boot Drive: Kingston KC1000 512GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Storage - USB Drive: Corsair Voyager GS 64GB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: Thermaltake Core P5 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 - Buy from Amazon
- Monitor: ASUS PA328 ProArt 32" 4K - Buy from Amazon
- Keyboard: Corsair K70 LUX - Buy from Amazon
- Mouse: Corsair M65 PRO RGB - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Headset: Corsair VOID RGB Wireless - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
For the 2990WX we used a new X399 motherboard with a revamped VRM and top notch VRM cooling along with a 360mm AIO water cooler.
We wanted to give the Wraith Ripper a go as well, and we used it for our 2950X testing. While the cooler has a 250W rating and the 2990WX is rated 250W, we wanted to give both CPUs some headroom. The spacing between the air cooler and the top GPU was tight. The addressable RGB LEDs can be controlled by software, but that software wasn't available at the time of our picture.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and 2950X retails for $XXX at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and 2950X retails for £XXX at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Threadripper Technologies]
- Page 3 [The CPU and Test Setup]
- Page 4 [Out of the Box Performance: CINEBENCH, wPrime, and AIDA64]
- Page 5 [Out of the Box Performance: Handbrake, ScienceMark & More]
- Page 6 [Synthetic Gaming Performance: UNIGINE and 3DMark]
- Page 7 [Gaming Performance: Resident Evil, Tomb Raider & More]
- Page 8 [Overclocking and Power Consumption]
- Page 9 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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